In Search Of Snoopy!Posted by Tony Eliseuson, ALDF Volunteer Attorney Member on September 10th, 2008
As you may know from my biography on this blog (which features a picture of me with Dylan, a precocious one-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever), my girlfriend Kirsten and I are proud parents of one dog. But we always wanted Dylan to have another dog to play with, and Kirsten has always wanted a beagle, so we decided to find Dylan’s beagle-brother.
Kirsten and I were limiting our search for Dylan’s beagle-brother to rescue organizations. There are many beagles available for adoption at shelters--especially in light of flooding in the Midwest and current economic conditions in general--and we wanted to save one of those rather than creating more demand for breeder-raised beagles. We began our search on petfinder.com, a website that lists dogs (and other animals) that are available from many rescue organizations all over the country. We looked at pictures of potential puppies for weeks before finally deciding to get serious about adopting and contacting one specific organization when we saw an adorable picture of a beagle named Lil’ Lincoln.
Lincoln was being cared for by a great group of volunteers at BREW Beagles. BREW was founded in 1999 and is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing beagles, primarily saving beagles from kill shelters. BREW’s volunteers provide foster homes to these beagles until they find their “forever family.” BREW also does an excellent job of supporting new and potential families by providing them with an adoption counselor that guides them through the adoption approval process, including answering questions. BREW also provides a supportive community to help adoptive families after they have adopted. Kirsten and I found this process to be smooth and painless, as well as very helpful.
We were approved by BREW, but we found yet another puppy that we fell in love with on petfinder.com. This beagle (or more likely beagle-mix) was available from a local rescue organization that saved him and his liter-mates from a kill shelter. The rescue group, named Animal House Shelter, Inc., did not know the background on this beagle, but that didn’t matter to us. We submitted an online application and were called back the next day and told to come out over the weekend and meet the puppy that we had been looking at. We all piled in the car on Saturday morning, including Mr. Dylan (who had the ultimate authority to approve or disprove of his beagle-brother to be).
Although Dylan was a bit tentative at first about the little guy that wanted to play with him, the two quickly hit it off and we decided to adopt the puppy that was to be named Watson. One of the volunteer vets at Animal House Shelter made sure that Dylan and Watson were compatible (and they passed with flying colors), and we were on our way to having a new member of the household. We brought Watson home that same day and he quickly adjusted to his new environment (including the quick realization that all toys, even the really little ones, were going to be Dylan’s toys until he got bored with them!).
In short, I wanted to write this post to share our experience in adopting a rescue puppy so that people would know how easy the process can be. As we quickly discovered, there are many great dogs (and other animals) looking to be rescued and to find their “forever family.”